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Common Law Legal English and Grammar: A Contextual Approach

ISBN13: 9781849465762
Published: July 2014
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99

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Lord Denning, an influential but controversial English judge, stated that 'Words are the lawyer's tools of trade'. This course book reflects that conviction as it focuses on words, the language of the law - legal terms, expressions, and grammar - introduced systematically with relevant aspects of the law, and examined in context through analytical reading activities based on original legal texts selected for their interest and importance in different branches of the common law system.

This book explores constitutional law, criminal law, tort, and contract; yet includes international legal contexts, with a particular focus on human rights and European law.

The presentation of legal concepts and terminology in context in each chapter is graded so that the course progresses, building on the vocabulary and law encountered in earlier chapters. Each chapter, organized thematically, includes a series of activities - tasks - to complete, yet the book does not presuppose previous knowledge of legal English or of the common law: full answer keys and reflective commentary on both legal and linguistic aspects are given and sections marked 'Advanced' offer especially challenging materials. Consolidation sections are designed to test students' global comprehension of the legal texts analysed, including precise usage of legal vocabulary in context, with solutions.

Common Law Legal English and Grammar is addressed to the non-native speaker of English, and in particular, intermediate to advanced students who are studying law, or academics with a professional interest in Anglo-American law. Practising lawyers will also find that the book offers valuable analysis of the language of legal documents.

Drafting and Legal Writing, Legal Skills and Method
Table of Cases
Table of Legislation and Other Legal Texts and Official Sources
Part I English in Legal Contexts in Common Law and International Perspectives
Chapter 1 Language and Law – English Legal Contexts, Texts and Terminology
Chapter 2 Legal Grammar – Text Layout and Use of Formal Terminology
Chapter 3 Language and Law – Sources of Law and the Constitution of the UK
Chapter 4 Legal Grammar – Punctuation
Chapter 5 Language and Law – Treaties and Human Rights in the European Dimension
Chapter 6 Legal Grammar – Basic Sentence Structure
Chapter 7 Language and Law – Common Law Perspectives of Crime and Punishment
Chapter 8 Legal Grammar – Verb Forms
Chapter 9 Language and Law – Judicial Precedent and the Law of Torts
Chapter 10 Legal Grammar – Word Formation
Chapter 11 Language and Law – Contract and Commercial Agreements
Chapter 12 Legal Grammar – Adverbial Clauses and Nominal Structures
Glossary of Grammar Terms
Glossary of Law Terms